A programme that trains speech-language pathologists to work with American Indian children will soon be created as announced by Kansas University (KU).
U.S. Department of Education has granted $1.2 million to aid the Culturally Responsive Early Literacy Instruction programme at KU.
The programme deals with providing training to preschool-aged and elementary school-aged children who suffer some form of impairment with speech-language. A clinical assistant professor of speech-language-hearing at KU who won the grant, Matthew Gillispie said that the programme also deals with the significance of cultural capability among clinicians and the benefits of making use of materials in treatments which are culturally apt.
American Indian students will be recruited to KU's speech-language pathology master's programme. This will be done to fill the gap, as only 0.3% of American Indians make up the speech-language pathologists in the United States. Education department's 5 year grant will aid fund tuition, supplies, books and mentoring for graduate students.